Best gift shops: Park Slope

Find out where to shop for gifts in this Brooklyn neighborhood.

Photograph: Jeffery Gurwin
Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Critics' picks

Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store

After opening its doors in 2007, this popular shop relocates from Boerum Hill to a Park Slope storefront that’s more than twice the size. Owner Ann Cantrell carefully selects quirky household items, such as Mason Shaker cocktail shakers ($35) shaped like the iconic jar, Paisley Tree Press mullet-emblazoned coasters (eight for $15) and Bob’s Your Uncle vinyl collection puzzles ($27). Nostalgic foodies will adore Donkey cassette-tape–shaped cookie cutters ($16), while dog lovers can pick up Loopies woven dog cigars ($10).

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Cog & Pearl

Conceived by partners Kristin Overson and Seth Walter in the back of a cab, this bright, airy Brooklyn institution offers a multitude of handmade works. You’ll find an assortment of enviable loot from up-and-coming local designers such as gift tags by Sesame Letterpress ($1); silk-screened ties from Cyberoptic ($36); and Nerdbots' one-of-a-kind robot figurines made from discarded scrap material ($185-$300).

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Homebody Boutique

Dorothy was right: There’s no place like home—especially when your pad is decorated with hip trimmings by indie artists. This Park Slope boutique sells a whole mess of oddities to enhance the domestic life. Dinnerware, papers and stationary, wall hardware and more are all handcrafted, so you know you're getting something unique that you can treasure.

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Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company

This mysterious shop—where you can buy such novelties as capes, X-ray goggles and gallon tins of immortality—is actually a front (and money-earner) for the nonprofit 826NYC, a kids' writing, tutoring and publishing center (a chapter of the San Francisco outfit founded by novelist Dave Eggers), hidden behind a concealed door.

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Brooklyn Mercantile

Escape the euro and still surprise your loved ones with fresh-from-Paris goodies thanks to this cozy home shop. Snag French table runners (from $45), vintage ticking pillows ($100–$150), Palais des Thès tea samplers ($76) and Côté Bastide soaps ($26–$60). For patriotic types, martini shakers ($48–$55) support the all-American ritual of cocktail hour.

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More shops for gifts in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Lion in the Sun

Critics' pick

Slopers hit this local spot for its scads of greeting cards and stationery, including such chic lines as Rössler Papier, SoHo Papers and Waste Not Papers. Peruse its slew of artful invitations by Brooklyn designers; to further tailor your invites, its custom printing service can also accommodate special requests. What’s more, its knowledgeable staff can answer etiquette questions.

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Homebody Boutique

Dorothy was right: There’s no place like home—especially when your pad is decorated with hip trimmings by indie artists. This Park Slope boutique sells a whole mess of oddities to enhance the domestic life. Dinnerware, papers and stationary, wall hardware and more are all handcrafted, so you know you're getting something unique that you can treasure.

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Cog & Pearl

Conceived by partners Kristin Overson and Seth Walter in the back of a cab, this bright, airy Brooklyn institution offers a multitude of handmade works. You’ll find an assortment of enviable loot from up-and-coming local designers such as gift tags by Sesame Letterpress ($3); hand-glazed ceramic, lidded teacups and coasters by Christina Cherry ($50); one-of-a-kind embroidered silk neckties by Bonnie Heart Clyde ($76); and Burrow Burrow’s statuette of a horse cobbled together from discarded electronic parts ($750).

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Babeland

At this friendly sex-toy boutique—run by women and skewed toward women—browsers are encouraged to handle all manner of buzzing, wriggling and bendable playthings, including the famed Rabbit Pearl vibrator. The shop also stocks a huge variety of condoms and hosts frank sex-ed classes on a variety of subjects. Browse and sign up for classes at Babeland

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Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store

After opening its doors in 2007, this popular shop relocates from Boerum Hill to a Park Slope storefront that’s more than twice the size. Owner Ann Cantrell carefully selects quirky household items, such as Mason Shaker cocktail shakers ($35) shaped like the iconic jar, Paisley Tree Press mullet-emblazoned coasters (eight for $15) and Bob’s Your Uncle vinyl collection puzzles ($27). Nostalgic foodies will adore Donkey cassette-tape–shaped cookie cutters ($16), while dog lovers can pick up Loopies woven dog cigars ($10).

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Brooklyn Mercantile

Escape the euro and still surprise your loved ones with fresh-from-Paris goodies thanks to this cozy home shop. Snag French table runners (from $45), vintage ticking pillows ($100–$150), Palais des Thès tea samplers ($76) and Côté Bastide soaps ($26–$60). For patriotic types, martini shakers ($48–$55) support the all-American ritual of cocktail hour.

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Laytner's Linen and Home

Critics' pick

Corporate megastores aren’t the only places to get the best deals on pillows, comforters and other bed-bath essentials. As an alternative, turn to this family-run version of a big-box chain that has been operating in NYC for 46 years. As the name would suggest, bedding is the star player here, with standouts such as the house brand of dobby-stripe sheets ($40–$50) and quilted floral bedspreads ($40–$60). But there are plenty of steals with which to spice up the other rooms in your apartment on the cheap too, such as colorful plush towels for the bathroom ($6–$20), mismatched throw pillows for your couch ($10–$30 each) and Vance Kitira distressed candles for the kitchen ($5–$20).

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Pink Olive

A former buyer for Bloomingdale’s and Barneys New York, owner Grace Kang stocks her pair of whimsical gift shops with knickknacks ($8–$150), decorative accessories ($28–$88) and cards ($4–$6) from indie designers such as Atsuyo Et Akiko, Knot & Bow and Paper Lovely. Forgo traditional Christmas boughs and make your own with Rifle Paper Co.’s DIY botanical garlands ($24), created by stringing circular card-stock alphabet and floral tiles through ribbon. Folksy Maileg five-foot-tall pixie advent calendar dolls ($120) allow you to count down the days until Christmas by stuffing the creature’s 24 pockets with small gifts. If you’re looking to add festive flair to blank walls, check out Park Slope artist Kristiana Parn’s seasonal wooden prints ($65)—our favorite depicts bunnies resting on a holiday tree.

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Matter

Though it displays museumworthy items—like Iraqi-Brit architect Zaha Hadid’s space-agey stools ($9,130)—don’t confuse Matter for a look-but-don’t-touch gallery. Owner Jamie Gray selects pieces that turn everyday items into high art. Opt for Loyal Loot Collective log bowls ($68–$165), hot-pink acrylic pigeon lights ($105) and safety-pin earrings by Sehti Na ($285).

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Scaredy Kat

This charming paperie dishes up letterpress birthday and thank-you cards. SK also offers a small selection of custom birth and wedding announcements, “well, because of the neighborhood,” says co-owner Damond Gallagher.

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Items of Interest

While working as an interior decorator, New York School of Interior Design alum Susie Kurkowski found herself frustrated by the lack of whimsical housewares on the market. She opened this retail shop and showroom, specializing in unique furniture ($200–$5,000), lighting ($200–$2,000), artwork ($350–$2,000), rugs ($150–$3,500) and quirky home accessories ($12–$200), many from NYC designers. We love Bahia de Montarlot glass-topped hashtag-shaped tables ($1,800), street artist George “Sen One” Morillo graffiti chairs ($1,800) and Go Home reclaimed-wood bookshelves ($1,400) that unfold to become dining tables. Smaller home upgrades include ReWined champagne-scented candles ($28), Darzzi neon-accent geometric throws ($84) and Girls Can Tell Brooklyn Bridge–adorned dish towels ($14).

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Barnes & Noble Park Slope

Many an author touches down at Barnes & Noble's citywide branches, which are fairly uniform in their size and wide selection of new books. In addition to author readings, the behemoth book chain hosts panel discussions and actor readings spotlighting new and lesser-known works.

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Comments

2 comments
Magdalena R
Magdalena R

Some of the shops  in your " Best brooklyn shops" are permanently out of business. Your info is misleading and upsetting, Please update, it's frustrating to go to a shop you advertise to not find it. Thank you.

Magdalena R
Magdalena R

some stores are out of business and permanently closed, please update your information, it's frustrating to go to a shop you advertise to not find it, Thank you.